SHIP Dependents FAQs

Who is a dependent?

Eli­gible dependents are the spouse or domestic partner who resides with the Insured Student and the student’s and/or spouse’s or the domestic partner’s natural child, stepchild or legally adopted child under 26 years of age. For a full definition of who qualifies as a dependent please visit Insurance for Dependents.

How much does it cost to enroll my dependents?

Dependents rates are published on the Insurance for Dependents page or call USI Student Insurance Customer Care Unit Monday–Friday, 8am-5pm PST toll free at (800) 853-5899.

When can I enroll my dependents?

Dependent enrollments are accepted during the open enrollment period of each term.

The Spring 2019 open enrollment period is from December 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Spring 2019 coverage will start on January 1, 2019 and will not be prorated if you sign up between January  2, 2018 and February 1, 2019. 

For other enrollment deadlines please see Insurance for Dependents or call USI Student Insurance Customer Care Unit Monday–Friday, 8am-5pm PST toll free at (800) 853-5899.

How do I enroll my dependents?

To enroll by phone, call USI Student Insurance Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST toll free at (800) 853-5899.

To enroll by mail, mail an enrollment form, dependent documentation and payment to:

USI Student Insurance
10940 White Rock Road, 2nd Floor,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. 

Where do I get the enrollment form?

To enroll a dependent of an undergraduate student, use this enrollment form

To enroll a dependent of a graduate student, use this enrollment form.

Is any documentation needed to enroll my dependent?


For spouse, a marriage certificate.

For same-sex/opposite-sex domestic partner, a UHS Declaration of Domestic Partnership Form

For natural child, a birth certificate showing the student is the parent of the child.

For stepchild, a birth certificate and a marriage certificate showing that one of the parents listed on the birth certificate is married to the student.

For adopted or foster child, documentation from the placement agency showing that the student has the legal right to control the child’s health care.

What payment methods are accepted by USI Student Insurance?

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Check or Money Order. Please make checks payable to USI Insurance Services National, Inc.

Can I charge my student account for my dependents premium?

No, all payments for dependent enrollments must be handled through USI Student Insurance.

When is the premium for my dependents due?

Payment is due in full for the semester at the time of enrollment.

Is the health insurance plan benefits the same for students and dependents?

Yes, the Berkeley SHIP plan offers the same medical, dental and vision benefits to students and dependents. For more information on the benefits under the plan, please see SHIP Benefits.

Does coverage for my dependents automatically renew each term?

Dependents must be re-enrolled each term. It is the student’s responsibility to contact USI Student Insurance prior to the enrollment deadline listed on the Insurance for Dependents page. No reminder will be sent to students or dependents covered under the plan.

What if my dependent has a qualifying event during this term?

If you or your dependents experience any of the following qualifying life events, please contact the Berkeley SHIP Office within 31 days. Qualified events include marriage, divorce, addition of domestic partner, birth or adoption.

Am I required to enroll my eligible dependents under the Berkeley SHIP plan?

No, dependent enrollment in this plan is voluntary.

Can I enroll my dependents in a different coverage period than myself?

No, dependents must be enrolled for the same term of coverage for which the Insured Student enrolls. Dependent coverage expires concurrently with that of the Insured Student and Dependents must re-enroll when coverage terminates to maintain coverage.

Can my dependents seek services at the Tang Center?

No, services provided at the Tang Center are offered to students only. 

Do my dependents need a referral from the Tang Center to receive services from other providers?

No, this requirement only applies to students.

Have more questions about dependent enrollments?

Contact the UC Berkeley SHIP Office:

Phone: (510) 642-5700
Fax: (510) 642-9119

Ready to enroll your dependents?

Contact USI Student Insurance:

(800) 853-5899
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm PST